Suryakumar Yadav played another extraordinary run at the 2022 T20 World Cup as India recorded a massive 71 run victory over Zimbabwe in the Super 12 final match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and finished top of Group 2 They will now face England in the second semi-final on November 10 at the Adelaide Oval.
15-year-old Rohit Sharma’s favorite shot brought him down after India opted to strike. The Men in Blue started cautiously on the MCG ground which had more bounce and pace. (Picture: AP)
KL Rahul (51) continued his rich vein of form by hitting a straight fiftieth. But just like the previous game, it was a case of fifty and it was gone for him as he perished the next ball after reaching his half century. (Picture: AP)
Virat Kohli played well for his 25-ball 26 before slower bowlers tied him down which ultimately led to his downfall. He punctured in the long run for the big one. (Picture: AP)
Rishabh Pant (3) had a very short stay in the crease as Ryan Burl ran wide and dived deep to take a blinder and stun the wicket-keeper batter, who had literally hit Sean Williams’ sweep. (Picture: AP)
But it was Suryakumar Yadav (61* out of 25) who took center stage afterwards! The man was knocking on another planet as the bowlers seemed helpless to his bold and astonishing stroke game. He stitched a 65-run partnership with 18-year-old Hardik Pandya to propel India to 186/5 after 20 overs. (Picture: AP)
India got off to a dream start with the ball as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/11) pulled out Wessly Madhevere (0) from the first ball of the innings. He was caught by Kohli at the covers. (Picture: AP)
Arshdeep Singh (1/9) also got a wicket in his first over. He knocked down Regis Chakabva (0) with a peach, swinging through the stumps and Zimbabwe were knocked out at 2/2! (Picture: AP)
Hardik Pandya (2/16) and Mohammed Shami (2/14) took two wickets each as half the Zimbabwean squad were back in the dugout at 36! (Picture: AP)
Ryan Burl (35) and Sikandar Raza (34) added 60 points together but Ravichandran Ashwin (3/22) broke the partnership and it was only a matter of time before Zimbabwe were knocked out. Ash then helped clean up the line. (Picture: AP)
Zimbabwe were eventually knocked out for 115 runs after 17.2 overs, giving India a massive 71 run victory that helped them top Group 2 and enter their fourth T20 World Cup semi-final. The Men in Blue will now face England in the semi-finals on November 10 in Adelaide. (Picture: AP)
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